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Horse Meat Found In Beef Products

Updated on February 10, 2013

Horse Meat In Beef Products Scandal

Recent DNA testing in the UK revealed that some products that were supposed to contain beef actually contained traces of Horse-meat.

This revelation has sparked outrage with the British public and the British Government has demanded a full investigation.

The problem though is that the last time DNA tests were carried out on these food products was over ten years ago.

So just how long have the British public been eating horse meat without their Knowledge.

Horse meat is safe to eat and people from other European countries such as France and Italy, eat Horse meat as a part of their every day diet.

If you buy a beef product, you expect it to contain beef, not pork, not lamb and especially not horse.

There are a few specialist Butchers in the UK that sell horse meat and the people who buy it know that they are in fact buying part of a horse.

The DNA testing also found traces of pork in Halal food served in Britain's Prisons.

A Platter of Horse Meat

Horse meat is served as part of the stable diet in some European Countries.
Horse meat is served as part of the stable diet in some European Countries. | Source

Horse In Food Jokes

I went to the Derby today it was Kentucky Fried.

A spokesman for the British Government said that they will be prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law, they just have to get over a few hurdles first.

After eating horsemeat, the doctor said I may feel a little ill but it shouldn't last furlong.,

63% of Britons said that they would try horse meat if offered to them according to a recent Gallop Pole.

My Daughter asked for a My Little Pony for her birthday this year, I felt generous and bought her a pack of 24 mini burgers.

British Horse meat Humor

Although not too happy about the situation, the British people are as per usual showing their real sense of humor and the jokes about eating horses are flying out of the starting gate so to speak.

I went to the doctors today and he said "You have to watch what you are eating." I had a great day out at the races afterward.

Findus lasagne contains horse meat. I'd check the spaghetti bologneighs as well.

Findus fish fingers test positive for 60% seahorse.

When asked how many years Findus have been adding horse meat to their products their MD struck the ground 6 times with his front hoof.

I don't get why everyone is so upset about the horse meat thing. I mean seriously, why the long faces?

I’ve got some Tesco burgers in the fridge and THEY’RE OFFFFFFFFF

Horse meat in Tesco burgers? What are the odds on that?

I ate a Lasagne yesterday, Had the trots all day today.

Jimmy's Tesco Burger

Screenshot of one of my horses on the Facebook Game Hooves Of Fire.
Screenshot of one of my horses on the Facebook Game Hooves Of Fire. | Source

Enough of the jokes and horseplay, The point is that if you go into a store and buy a beef product then you expect to be sold a beef product and not a substitute meat product.

The odds are that every meat eating Brit has eaten horse meat without their knowledge at some point in the last 10 years between the testings.

I know that I have eaten some of the products that have so far been identified as containing horse and i am sure as the testing continues and more products are discovered I will have partaken of most of them too.

If there was horse in any of the beef products that I ate I have to admit that I never tasted any difference.

If I had read the ingredients and they stated that the product may contain horse meat would I still have bought it? I would like to say yes but I really do not know.

Horse Meat Poll

Would you buy a beef product if the ingredients stated that it may contain Horse meat?

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      5 years ago

      It has happened in my country too, Spain.

      In some big chain stores they have found horse meat on supposedly 100% bovine meat.

      They have also been found in buitoni and Nestle products among others.

      They say is nothing to worry about, because there's people that eat horse meat.

      but if they didn't know that there was horse meat mixed with bovine meat, how do they now it's safe, where does this horses meat come from, have they passed the health controls? I doubt it.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      5 years ago from Norfolk

      Jimmythejock, quite agree, if it says beef on the label then that is what you expect to receive. If the label says it contains horse meat then you are free to leave it on the shelf. Voted up

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      5 years ago from Bristol, United Kingdom

      What concerned me the most on hearing about this whole fiasco was the fact that it wasn't cost cutting or mistakes that led to horse meat being included- it was supposedly a very sophisticated criminal operation organised by huge gangs. Now, if that is the case, what's to stop other criminal organisations from contaminating our food with other substances? This, to me, is a scary thought....

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      Mazzy Bolero 

      5 years ago from the U.K.

      This kind of thing was bound to happen when the ground meat comes from different countries and there are no checks. Heaven only knows what else is in this stuff! The jokes are fun but the reality is horrendous - old workhorses slaughtered with appalling cruelty. The kind of criminals who do this aren't concerned about animal suffering.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Well, I can't say what I would do if I found this on a label. It is very interesting to hear how this could happen. I suppose it is not a bad source of meat, but just a little hard to digest - mentally. Love your jokes posted. Great post!

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      James Paterson 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks for your visit and comment Nell, I must admit that our facebook chat the other day was so much fun that I was getting hoarse with laughter.....jimmy

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi jimmy, you are hot to trot on this one! lol! seriously though its terrible, I hate the idea of eating horse, I know its probably psychological but thats not the point, we should all be able to sue them that would do it! great hub, and I will add the link too, thanks!

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      James Paterson 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      I wanted to buy some horse meat too but my wife kept going on about how cruel it was to horses, Nag Nag Nag.

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      Moon Daisy 

      5 years ago from London

      For me, the worry isn't eating horsemeat. (Although you should absolutely be getting what it says on the packet). It's the risk of ingesting bute, the dangerous drug that may or not be inside that horse meat.

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      Tyler Bracken 

      5 years ago from Berlin, Germany

      I think, for me anyway, the problem isn't the horse meat it has in it, it is more the idea that they just grabbed hold of whatever was lying around at the time and chucked it on in. I have eaten horse meat in France many years ago, it was okay, so no huge problems there.

      Funny thing was, my French wasn't so great so when asked if I wanted it I thought it was beef.

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      5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Hey Jimmy- Are the drive thru lines at Burger King in the UK shorter? Yuck! I think people in the US are also avoiding Burger King since the news article on came rose out about horse meat in BK Whoppers in the UK.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      This story is so crazy it can only happen in the fast food industry. It was beyond ridiculous and while I'm sorry for the people who went through it, it's another cautionary tale about the perils of eating out. However, I hold Burger King accountable for not ensuring they're providing the best products for their customers.

      Funny jokes, I especially like the My Little Pony quip!


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